Shawne Manies; Susan Yoder-Kreger; Laurie Vining
Final Abstract for URS Program
Introduction: In Missouri, there are over 13,000 children who are currently receiving care through the state foster care system. Because being removed from their families causes life-long trauma and decreased quality of life for many children, it is important that the situation is approached in the best way. While there are differences between St. Louis, Missouri and San Jose, Costa Rica, the Costa Rican child welfare system, El Patronato Nacional de Infancia (PANI), uses several strategies that may be beneficial in St. Louis.
Purpose: To examine the current policies and programs in San Jose, Costa Rica to see if they can be used to improve those in St. Louis. By completing this research, steps can then be taken to improve the quality of life and long-term outcomes for children in the foster system.
Methods: Research was compiled through two different methods. First, information was collected by searching for academic articles and other informational materials in the UMSL databases and official state websites. Additionally, observations and volunteer work were done in group homes in San Jose, Costa Rica. All of the information was then compiled and analyzed to see if ideas and programs in San Jose would be beneficial in St. Louis.
Results: There are several programs in San Jose that would improve the foster care system in St. Louis including programs for adolescent mothers, early intervention systems for the entire family, and adolescent empowerment.
Implications: Steps need to be taken to try to create these programs or incorporate them into existing services in St. Louis as they have the potential to decrease resulting trauma and improve quality of life for thousands of children and teenagers.
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An Observational Comparison of Child Welfare Services: St. Louis, Missouri and San Jose, Costa Rica--Poster
Rothweiler, Manies, Vining, Yoder-Kreger; An Observational Comparison of Child Welfare Services; video.mp4 (6759 kB)
An Observational Comparison of Child Welfare Services: St. Louis, Missouri and San Jose, Costa Rica--Video